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One of the largest financial institutions in North America entrusts TEKsystems with inventorying its data centers.
This U.S.-based financial institution, with a presence in over 150 countries, does business with over 95 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and over 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500. TEKsystems has supported this client by providing staff augmentation and other services since 1998.
I. Project Plan Development: TEKsystems documented the procedures and technical processes necessary to assure smooth project progression
II. Project Implementation: TEKsystems provided the project management and resources required to perform the asset inventory of each data center
III. Project Close: TEKsystems provided the cleansed inventory data in the required format to the client
TEKsystems quickly assembled a team of 30 asset analysts and trained them on the client’s requirements and procedures. Over the course of 15 months, they visited every data center and registered each individual asset using hand-held barcode scanners.
Each data center required seven to 10 business days for a full inventory, and each encompassed 3,000 to 14,000 discrete assets ranging from disk and tape arrays, direct access storage devices (DASDs), switches, routers, hubs, concentrators to controllers. The project took 16 months to complete.
The client met its ambitious internal milestones for all 15 data centers. The bank was able to meet these deadlines and achieve a cost-effective solution by fully outsourcing the inventory work only where the internal resource gaps were too great and augmenting data center resources when applicable.
Based on client resources available at each data center site, TEKsystems offered a flexible engagement model, either managing the entire project from end-to-end or augmenting the client’s on-site inventory team. This provided an accurate count and location for all physical assets across every data center. The client is now able to optimize purchasing and storage patterns, via its newly instituted asset inventory model.